And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.Lot also escaped the slimepits but only because the kings kidnapped him and fled into the mountains. When the time came for Lot his family to flee into the mountains (Genesis 19:17), Lot questioned God's command by requesting one of Sodom and Gomorrah's neighboring cities as a safe haven.
And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.Lot chose the land that seemed best for the grazing of his livestock. However, he lost everything when Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed. The land looked appealing to the eyes but it was destroyed for the wickedness that it was within it (Psalms 104:37).
Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.This unselfish act came back around to Abraham in the time of his need. While Abraham and his wife were faced with a dilemma in a foreign county, God intervened causing the king to act kindly in an unselfish manner toward Abraham.
And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee, Genesis 20:15.
And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?Just as Abraham was rebuked by Pharaoh, he was also rebuked by King Abimelech for using the same lie, Genesis 20:9.
Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.In addition, King Abimelech also rebuke Isaac for telling the same lie that Abraham told, Genesis 26:10.
And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.xxx